Friday, July 18, 2008

Man sentenced for killing 'Curious George' writer

Vincent Puglisi

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A man convicted of killing "Curious George" collaborator Alan Shalleck in South Florida has been spared the death penalty.

A judge sentenced Vincent Puglisi to life in prison on Thursday after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon.

His co-defendant Rex Ditto was given a life sentence in 2007.

Authorities said the pair went to Shalleck's home in February 2006 intending to rob him.

Shalleck suffered 83 blunt force injuries and more than three dozen stab wounds.

Shalleck wrote and directed episodes of "Curious George" and co-wrote books with Margret Rey, who created the mischievous monkey with her husband more than 60 years ago.

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